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Physical Education Teaching

Teaching physical activity

Teaching children and adolescents that physical activity is beneficial and sets them up for a lifetime of wellness. UW-Eau Claire's Physical Education (PETE) program prepares you to become a certified physical educator from early childhood to adolescence (K-12). Both the department of kinesiology and the department of education studies combine to give you the skills to be an excellent physical education teacher. By learning modern teaching techniques and the fundamentals of human movement, you'll instruct your future student in how to be physically active in fun and safe ways.

  • Teacher candidates are advised to take and pass the Pre Professional Skills Test (PPST) I (or PRAXIS Core) exam as early in their academic career as possible (see Academic Testing in Schofield for more information:
  • Teacher candidates must take and pass the PPST II content exam(s) before student teaching (see Academic Testing in Schofield for more information:
  • Teacher candidates are encouraged to gain as much experience with children and adolescents as possible.
  • Teacher candidates are encouraged to become members of our state and national organizations: Wisconsin Health and Physical Education (WHPE) and Society for Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America).
  • Teacher candidates are encouraged to become actively involved in Students for Health, Adventure, and Physical Education (SHAPE) Club—a faculty supervised (but student operated) organization that promotes volunteer experiences in the community, fosters student mentorship within the program, and arranges student social events. 

Kinesiology Major, Physical Education Teaching Emphasis

59 credits, no minor required

The UW-Eau Claire Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program is accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Through this program you'll be ready to apply for licensure as a teacher in the state of Wisconsin and teach grades K-12.

Change your major

To change your major to physical education teaching, please contact the department of kinesiology using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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